Around this time of year all the mock drafts and "experts" start to form a concesnus about where players will be drafted. Meanwhile, behind closed doors, NBA GMs and scouts are making their own lists, disregarding the opinions of the many, trying to find the one player who will help their team the most.
Here, in no particular order are the five players that I feel are underrated by the mock drafts. I think these five players will be drafted higher than most people (outside of NBA front offices) think.
Most mock drafts have him going somewhere between the 12 and 16 picks in the draft. I think he is a sure-fire top 10 pick and might even crack the top 5. He is a legit NBA power forward who is just scratching the surface of his potential. There are very few players who hustle as hard as Thompson and combined with his size and athleticism that makes him very hard to stop. He is one of the best offensive rebounders to come into the league in a long time. Also a very good shot blocker and weak side defender.